Postpartum Hair Loss
How To Manage Postpartum Hair Loss
Are you bald yet? Yea, I am too. Between my daughter pulling out my hair and postpartum hair shedding, I’m saying goodbye to a lot of strands.
Why do women shed so much hair after having a baby?
When you are pregnant, your hair is basically in a constant growth cycle. The rising levels of estrogen stimulate more hair follicles to be in a growth cycle while also freezing the hair that is in a resting period. Estrogens influence on the hair is why so many pregnant women have thick, shiny, healthy looking hair. When you give birth, your estrogen levels drop, and all the hair that was growing or resting begins to fall out.
You can experience hair shedding around 3-4 months after giving birth, and it can last for up to 1 year. Don't worry; hair shedding is not permanent! If you are still losing hair after one year, contact your dermatologist or primary care provider.
Low thyroid levels, anemia, and malnutrition can all cause hair loss. If you continue to lose your hair, you might want to consider lab work to see if there is an underlying cause.
How to improve the condition of your hair:
-Take your prenatal vitamin!
-Manage your stress. High levels of stress can contribute to postpartum hair loss.
-If you are feeling very distressed about the hair loss, talk to your provider about using oral contraceptives or topical estrogen and progesterone lotions. But just know that in time, hair shedding will stop. Be mindful of the side effects of treatment options as well.
-Consider making a cinnamon mask to stimulate your scalp. This mask improves circulation to the skin, and therefore, improves the flow of nutrient-rich blood to the hair follicles
Combine 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon and 1 Tbsp. Clear, runny honey.
Mix the ingredients and as they blend, add olive oil (about 1 cup) until a paste is formed.
Using a comb to reveal your scalp, apply a generous layer of the paste to your scalp with a brush.
Once your whole scalp is coated, leave on the mask for 10 to 15 minutes.